Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: mount airy (mayberry), NC,
12 K maintenance fun
Started my 12K maintenance last night by doing the rear drive and tranny. CD says to remove lower left fairing. After completing the tranny oil, I can see no reason to completely remove it. You do have to remove the right footpeg assy and there are 2 screws in the fairing that would have to come out, but no reason that I could see to remove entire fairing portion. And be aware, if you;re new to the maintenance procedures, that the brake pedal and cylinder are attached to the footpeg bracket. Be ready to tie them up out of the way, instead of thinking you;re going to set them aside.
The rest of the CD is pretty correct. Remove exh bracket and make some kinda oil diverter to get it into a drain pan. I used sheet plastic cut roughly to shape on CD. HoW has other options. Also have either the proper allen head wrench or some other 9/16" bolt or something to remove drain plug. I used two nuts jammed together on a 3/8" bolt (9/16" head) to remove mine. May try to get a proper tool for next time.
The magnetic plug had right many "whiskers" on it, which I am assuming would be fairly normal for the first ever tranny oil change. Hope that doesn't get any worse. Is it fairly normal, oh wise ones?
The rear drive was entirely too simple. remove plug and filler, drain, put plug back, refill. Duh. The magnetic drain plug had a black sludge on it, but no visible shavings (good sign, I hope). I used the markings on my lube bottle and stopped when it got down to 24 oz left in qt bottle. I used Mobil1 75w-140 syn for this change. Service rep at Carolina BMW said that would work fine. Most of the rest went into the tranny.
Next up: Air filter, Fuel filter, plugs, oil chg, ending up with a valve check at tech session and a trip to dlr to have computer checked. Other normal 12K services were done at 6k service, since bike was new to me and hadn't been serviced since the 600 mile service in early 04.
It's a good feeling to do the maintenance yourself and everything go fairly smoothly.